Starting in early 2015, Samsung and Sony are going to be teaming up to bring us an undeniably interesting service. For those of you who currently have a PlayStation 3 or 4, you're more than likely aware of the PlayStation Now service that's available on your consoles. Well, if you're in possession of a Samsung Smart TV, that same service, PlayStation Now, will be coming to your TV. Without the need of the console; you'll still need the Dual Shock controller to use with the PlayStation Now service.
With this service being added to Samsung Smart TV's thanks to their partnership with Sony, Smart TV's in the US and Canada will be granted access to this new service in early 2015. Some of you may be wondering: How on earth is your TV going to be able to download these games, am I going to need to buy external hardware? This idea is terrible! That's not that case, though. No external hardware will be required except for the Dual Shock controller. All of the games provided by the PlayStation Now service on the Samsung TV's will be streaming via your internet connection. Now, of course, this does mean that if you have a slightly poor internet connection, this service might not be the best route for you to take. No specifics have been released on requirements for how fast your connection needs to be in order to stream without lag. I would personally assume that once you have a connection of at least 2-5MB/s Down and 1-3MB/s Up, you'll be fine, however, don't quote me on that. Thanks to the setup that's in progress for this service, you'll be able to compete with your friends in your favorite games and even save your progress right to the cloud.
This service will definitely be a great investment for those who might not have enough money to dedicate towards getting a console and purchasing games. However, we have to keep in mind that at this point, the 200 games that are going to be available at launch will be PS3 games. As of right now, there are no official statements from Sony or Samsung regarding whether or not this will available outside of the US and Canada or any official release dates.
From what I can see, this is going to be an interesting service that's launching. Gaming directly from my TV without the need of a console? That's crazy! Sony's going to get a lot of positive (hopefully) attention because of the new service. What do you guys think? Going to be gaming on your TV without a console?
I'd like to thank nycfinest718 for giving us a heads up about this! If you're interested in seeing what else is being unveiled at CES2015, you can do so by checking out this website: http://www.cesweb.org/